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Making exercise more enjoyable

Are you someone who finds exercise a struggle? Or maybe you’ve just not exercised in a very long time? We want you to know you’re not alone. Starting, or getting back into, an exercise routine can seem daunting for a lot of people.

The UK guidelines for physical activity are 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity a week. Being physically active is important for many reasons including reducing our risk of diseases such as cancer, but also for its positive effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.

Although the benefits are clear, in the UK people still aren't doing enough movement throughout the day, with as many 22% of people being considered inactive and not meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity.

We want to help change this and make exercise enjoyable for all. In our new blog, our Health Information Officer, Olivia Rogers has shared some top tips for increasing motivation and making exercise more fun.

Read our top tips here

Exciting new opportunity!

Illustration of an empty deskWe're looking to recruit a Public Representative who has an interest in diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer to be a part of the Panel for our Global Cancer Update Programme.

It's the only authoritative scientific resource of its kind, trusted by oncology experts, researchers and health professionals worldwide, and evaluated by an independent panel of leading cancer experts.

Public representatives are important to ensure the incorporation of public viewpoints during decision-making to shape future research.

Interested in the role?

> Read the job description and apply here.

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What's the link between weight and cancer?

We know that obesity can increase the risk of at least 12 types of cancer, but we don’t know exactly how it causes cancer. We have funded researchers from Bristol University to investigate the links between obesity and bowel cancer.

In our blog post, Emma Vincent and Caroline Bull – two of the researchers involved in the project – explain why research in this field is so necessary, and how obesity increases cancer risk.

> Why do we need more research?

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How easy is it for us to reduce our salt intake?

Last week (14–20 March) was Salt Awareness Week during which our friends at Action on Salt called on the food industry to reduce the amount of salt they add to the food we eat.

One of the dangers is that because a lot of the salt we eat is hidden in processed foods, rather than added at the table or while cooking, we don’t always realise how much we are eating. So, should we worry about the amount of salt we eat?

> Find out if salt is bad for us

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Can stress affect cancer risk?

We’ve been reviewing the evidence to see if there’s a link between stress and cancer; such as whether stress increases chances of cancer diagnosis, makes cancer worse, or makes it more likely to occur. We also want to find out how this link might happen: does stress cause biological changes in the body that increase the risk of cancer?

> Find out more here

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New research findings

For Cancer Prevention Action Week, we released new research findings that showed that vegetarians are at 14% less risk from cancer than regular meat eaters. The media were really interested in our findings and we were featured on the front page of the Guardian, as well as in the Independent, Daily Mail and Daily Express among others.

> See the findings here

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